Cincinnati Reds

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 12 Yasmani Grandal C Miami Fla. $2,000,000
Grandal has been on the radar a long time. He was an Aflac All-American and potential high draft pick whose Miami commitment and fair senior year caused him to fall to the 27th round in 2007, when the Red Sox drafted him. A native of Cuba who moved to Miami at age 11, he started as a freshman in 2008 for the Hurricanes' 53-11 club that entered the College World Series as the No. 1 seed and produced three first-round picks. Grandal didn't hit .300 in either of his first two seasons, though, and struggled at the plate for Team USA last summer, hitting just .182. Grandal has traded his all-pull approach for more contact and an all-fields swing in 2010, and the results have been dramatic. He has dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference, where he was hitting nearly .500 in league games, and he ranked among the national leaders in on-base percentage (.545) and walks (43). A switch-hitter, Grandal has some length to his swing but has shortened up from the left side and has solid-average raw power. Defensively, he plays with energy and is slightly above-average as a receiver. His throwing arm is his biggest concern, as some scouts have seen more 2.1-second pop times (below-average) than would be expected of a top draft pick. Grandal doesn't defend like fellow South Florida product Tony Sanchez, who went No. 4 overall last year, and his offense is not on par with previous ACC catching products Matt Wieters and Buster Posey. He still figures to go in the top half of the first round and was rumored to be in play as high as No. 4 overall to the Royals.
2 62 Ryan LaMarre OF Michigan Mich. $587,700
Since breaking his thumb diving for a fly ball in the third game of the season and missing the next 18 games, LaMarre has returned with a vengeance and played himself into first-round consideration. He's one of the best college athletes available, a 6-foot-2, 206-pounder with plus-plus speed. Though the injury has cost him some strength in his wrist and left him basically swinging with one hand, he has consistently squared balls up and batted .424/.455/.660. He has enough bat speed and lift in his righthanded stroke to project as a plus hitter with slightly above-average power. His tools and performance have erased memories of a weak summer in the Cape Cod League in 2009. While he drew just four walks in 35 games this spring, he has shown solid plate discipline in the past. Though the Wolverines eased LaMarre back into their lineup as a left fielder, he's a legitimate center fielder with a decent arm. Area scouts love his makeup, raving about his gamer mentality, work ethic and value as a teammate.
3 94 Devin Lohman SS Long Beach State Calif. $363,600
Following a Dirtbags shortstop lineage that has included Bobby Crosby, Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria and Danny Espinosa, Lohman is an intriguing talent if not quite in that league. Blessed with above-average speed, Lohman, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, is an excellent athlete who could easily transition to less demanding defensive positions. His arm grades out to solid-average. He has worked hard to improve his defense and has a chance to stay at shortstop, though second base is his more likely home. At bat, Lohman has altered his approach in 2010 to use the whole field and focus on hitting line drives. His earlier attempts to be a lift and pull power hitter were ill-suited to his natural inclinations. The changes had paid off and Lohman was batting .415 at the end of the regular season, a difficult feat considering that Blair Field is possibly the best pitcher's park in college baseball. He blends an average arm and glove with above-average speed, and his advancement at bat should boost his draft stock in a year that's thin in college position players, particularly on the infield.
4 127 Brodie Greene 2B Texas A&M Texas $112,500
Another good senior sign is Brodie Greene, who spooked teams when he showed little interest in signing a year ago. He would have gone in the first 10 rounds otherwise, but fell to the Phillies in the 37th. He's a versatile 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete, he has started at every position but catcher and first base in four years at Texas A&M. A switch-hitter with plus speed, Greene makes consistent line-drive contact and has gap power. With his bat and average arm and range, he profiles best at second base. Scouts love his makeup, which he showed a year ago when he missed just a week after getting beaned and needing 10 stitches and multiple root canals to save several teeth.
5 157 Wes Mugarian RHP Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS Fla. $198,000
Righthander Mugarian made a name for himself early in the year by throwing a no-hitter in front of plenty of scouts to beat Karsten Whitson and Chipley High. Mugarian should be able to make an impact in the Southeastern Conference for Alabama, where he's committed, but his profile isn't as strong for pro ball. He has a lot of effort in his delivery and stands just 6-foot-1, and he has a good arm that produces a 90-91 mph fastball that touches 93 and a solid-average curveball. Mugarian profiles as a reliever in the long term and should be a fourth- to seventh-round pick if he's signable in that range.
6 187 Drew Cisco RHP Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. S.C. $975,000
Cisco signed with Georgia, and the Bulldogs--with a staff ERA close to 9.00 despite a raft of power arms--could have used his feel for pitching this season. Cisco is so polished that it's almost unfair to lump him in with other high school pitchers. His grandfather Galen was a big league pitcher and pitching coach, while his older, shorter brother Mike pitched at South Carolina and is now in Double-A with the Phillies organization. Drew Cisco has good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, the best command in the prep class and a knack for pitching beyond his years. Scouts believe Cisco will carve up wood bats with his ability to pitch inside and confidently work off his fastball, even if it has just average velocity at 88-91, touching 92. It stands out more for its life and command than for velocity. Cisco has a mid-70s curveball he can throw for strikes or bury that grades out as average, and a changeup with sink that he also commands. Cisco sets up hitters like a pro and will move faster than many college pitchers, but any loss in fastball velocity would reduce his margin for error significantly.
7 217 Tony Amezcua RHP Bellflower (Calif.) HS Calif. $120,000
Many of the top high school programs in the Southland have their usual quota of top prospects. Righthander Amezcua hails from Bellflower High, the same school that produced Phillies prospect Anthony Gose. Tall and rangy, Amezcua delivers a low 90s fastball to go with a firm changeup and mid-70s curveball. He's already 19 and could draw attention in rounds eight to 15.
8 247 David Vidal 3B Miami Dade JC Fla. $100,000
Miami-Dade's best hitter has none of Blash's physical gifts, but 5-foot-10, 180-pound first baseman David Vidal was one of the state's best juco hitters. He'll have to play second base either in college or as a pro and is a below-average runner, making him a better college prospect at first blush. His offense--he hit .401 with 14 homers--was so stout this spring that he was being walked intentionally with the bases empty.
9 277 Tanner Robles LHP Oregon State Ore. $90,000
Lefthander Robles sat at 87-91 mph this year with heavy life. His changeup showed flashes of being an average pitch, though sometimes he pushed it and couldn't spot it for strikes. His curveball is better than it was in high school but remains inconsistent. He doesn't show the same athleticism that he had in high school, and scouts don't like his violent mechanics. His delivery is stiff with a lot of effort, and he always seemed prone to the big inning. Robles has a strong frame at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He's competitive, but sometimes shows his emotions too much on the mound.
10 307 Kevin Arico RHP Virginia Va. $85,000
Two key contributors to the Virginia bullpen should get drafted, though their stuff is a bit fringy for pro ball. Tyler Wilson and Kevin Arico are the only Virginia pitchers with more than 20 appearances on the season. Wilson was 7-3, 3.11 in 55 innings with 60 strikeouts and 24 walks, while Arico was 1-1, 2.96 in 25 appearances with 16 saves. Both are good college pitchers, but they work with fastballs that sit in the upper 80s and don't touch 90 or better enough. Arico throws a slider a majority of the time, though it's an average pitch at best. Wilson probably has a better shot of getting picked higher because he has shown an ability to start in the past.
11 337 Drew Hayes RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
Hayes, also a 6-footer, is more over the top and gets less movement. He can run his fastball up to 94 mph but his heater flattens out, making him hittable. He's athletic, having played quarterback in high school, and is the son of a baseball coach (Glenn Hayes coached at NAIA Bethel, Ind., where Hayes played as a freshman). He hasn't had much success and doesn't have a great breaking ball, using his changeup as a second pitch.
12 367 Kyle Waldrop OF Riverdale HS, Fort Myers, Fla. Fla. $500,000
Waldrop was an all-area linebacker in football, and his football career held back his baseball career prior to this spring. He missed parts of previous seasons with football injuries and wasn't always at his best on the summer showcase circuit. He still entered the season on most scouts' follow lists thanks to his explosiveness and lean, athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pound body. Then the South Florida recruit started hitting and shot up draft boards. He has good present strength and a lefthanded swing he repeats. He has bat speed that can't be taught and drives the ball with authority to all fields. Waldrop's other tools are solid-average across the board, and he might run a tick better than average. He probably won't be able to handle center field at the big league level, though he might at lower levels. He could fit in right field, though with his average arm he'll never be confused with Larry Walker. Waldrop's offensive ability could push him into the first two rounds, especially if he has a strong finish in Florida's high school all-star games in Sebring at the end of May.
13 397 Lucas O'Rear RHP Northern Iowa Iowa
Northern Iowa may have dropped baseball after the 2009 season, but the program lives on with Lucas O'Rear. He's better known as the two-time Missouri Valley Conference sixth man of the year and one of the players who helped key the Panthers' upset of top-seeded Kansas in the NCAA basketball tournament, but he attended a Perfect Game predraft showcase in mid-May. He hopes to get drafted this June, play his senior season of basketball and then become a full-time pitcher. Interestingly, he almost transferred to Kansas to continue playing both sports before deciding to remain with the Panthers. A 6-foot-6, 255-pound righthander, O'Rear threw an 89-93 mph fastball with little effort and flashed a low-80s slider in 17 innings for Northern Iowa in 2009. His velocity was down slightly at the showcase, understandable considering his layoff from baseball.
14 427 Dan Wolford RHP California Calif.
15 457 Stephen Hunt LHP South Florida Fla.
16 487 Robert Kral C College of Charleston S.C.
There was some draft interest in 5-foot-9 catcher Rob Kral, a redshirt sophomore who has plate discipline and solid power, but his below-average defense holds him back.
17 517 Brent Peterson SS Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif.
18 547 Robert Maddox OF Ohio Ohio
Robert Maddox outhomered Gauntlett Eldemire at Ohio this spring, leading the Mid-American Conference with 21 home runs. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder offers raw lefthanded power and not much else. He crushes fastballs but struggles against offspeed and breaking pitches and is vulnerable against lefthanders. A below-average runner and defender, he moved from first base to left field and may be best suited to DH.
19 577 Josh Alexander OF Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix Ariz.
Outfielder Alexander is a better athlete than baseball player right now. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds he has tools, but he doesn't always show them. He's a fringe-average runner with a solid arm and bat speed, and he should be able to power because of his strong frame. He's a bit of a project, and if teams don't take a chance on him he'll head to Utah.
20 607 Chris Berset C Michigan Mich.
21 637 Josh Smith RHP Lipscomb Tenn.
22 667 Kurt Muller OF Iowa Iowa
23 697 Randy Fontanez RHP South Florida Fla.
24 727 Pat Doyle RHP Missouri State Mo.
25 757 Daniel Renken RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
For three years, righthander Renken has been a mainstay in Cal State Fullerton's weekend rotation. Early struggles this season got him bumped out of his usual Friday starter role by sophomore Noe Ramirez, but Renken settled into the Saturday starter's job and performed well. He was 10-2, 3.96 in 86 innings heading into regionals. No one would call Renken's delivery a work of art. His motion is funky, with an elaborate backswing in which he wraps the ball well behind his back leg. Renken then jumps at the hitter, appearing to decelerate his arm and push the ball toward the plate. While not overpowering, Renken gets good movement on his pitchers and has good secondary stuff, making him effective when his command is right. His fastball sits at 88-89 mph and can touch 91 with decent sink. His slider is a nice pitch with late break, but his best offering is his changeup, which drops suddenly and is hard for the hitter to recognize. He'll throw it to any hitter in any count. Renken has a tall and lean pitcher's frame and profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
26 787 Ty Stuckey LHP Houston Texas
27 817 Joel Bender LHP Oak Hills HS, Cincinnati Ohio
Bender pitched at 85-88 mph and couldn't find his breaking ball in front of an audience of crosscheckers at midseason. He was back up to 88-91 mph and flashed an effective curveball before coming down with a mild case of tendinitis at the end of the spring. but the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder likely is headed to Louisville.
28 847 Chad Rogers RHP Galveston (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
29 877 Adam Muenster 3B Kansas State Kan.
30 907 Brad Hendrix RHP Auburn Ala.
31 937 Dominic D'Anna 1B Cal State Northridge Calif.
32 967 Jaren Matthews 1B Rutgers N.J.
Matthews hit .298/.385/.495 with seven homers and 35 RBIs this spring. Matthews was drafted in the 17th round by the Red Sox out of Don Bosco Prep in 2007 after flashing above-average raw power in workouts, and he agreed to a $250,000 bonus one day before the signing deadline, only to change his mind and attend Rutgers. He won't come close to that kind of money this year, because he has regressed during his college career, prompting some scouts to question whether he's receptive to instruction. His swing is a mess, and he has a hard time getting his upper and lower halves to work together, but there are still days he flashes the plus raw power that made him a prospect--like April 24 against Connecticut, when he hit two homers against flame-thrower Matt Barnes.
33 997 David Garner RHP Niles (Mich.) HS Mich.
34 1027 Brandon Dailey SS Pauline Johnson SS, Brantford, Ont. Ontario $100,000
35 1057 Tyler Wilson RHP Virginia Va.
Virginia's deep pitching staff has been a key to its success, and two key contributors in the bullpen should get drafted, though their stuff is a bit fringy for pro ball. Tyler Wilson and Kevin Arico are the only Virginia pitchers with more than 20 appearances on the season. Wilson was 7-3, 3.11 in 55 innings with 60 strikeouts and 24 walks. Both are good college pitchers, but they work with fastballs that sit in the upper 80s and don't touch 90 or better enough. Wilson probably has a better shot of getting picked higher because he has shown an ability to start in the past.
36 1087 Chuck Ghysels RHP Lincoln Trail (Ill.) JC Ill.
Chuck Ghysels doesn't have a great body, but the 5-foot-10, 200-pound righthander has a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 95. There's effort in his delivery, though his arm strength should get him drafted in the middle rounds. He also has a good curveball but doesn't always throw it for strikes. After spending his freshman season at Dayton, Ghysels dominated the Illinois juco ranks, finishing among the national leaders with 117 strikeouts in 79 innings. He threw a five-inning no-hitter against Southwestern Illinois in a sectional playoff game and fanned 13 in a nine-inning no-decision in regionals. He's considered signable despite a commitment to Maryland for 2011.
37 1117 Nick Sawyer RHP Hebron HS, Carrollton, Texas Texas
38 1147 Matt Leonard LHP Cal Poly Calif.
39 1177 Jacob May SS Lakota West HS, West Chester, Ohio Ohio
40 1207 Lee Orr OF McNeese State La.
Redshirt sophomore Lee Orr has hit 31 homers in two seasons at McNeese State, and he has legitimate power to all fields. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder also struggles against breaking balls and struck out 68 times in 224 at-bats this spring, so it's not clear how well he'll be able to handle pro pitching. He also has a plus arm and solid-average speed, though his defense can get rough in right field.
41 1237 Jonathan Kaskow 1B Stanford Calif.
42 1267 Mitchell Hopkins LHP Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
As a lefthander who showed a 90-91 mph fastball to go with a solid curveball and changeup, Mitchell Hopkins had a chance to go in the first five rounds. He didn't pitch after straining a deltoid muscle while lifting weights in late March, however. His 6-foot-3, 184-pound frame has projection remaining, though he's a 21-year-old sophomore. He'll attend Louisiana State if he doesn't turn pro.
43 1297 Matt Campbell RHP Florida Fla.
44 1327 Ed Campbell LHP Bridgewater Raynham HS, Bridgewater, Mass. Mass.
Campbell, a Virginia Tech signee, has a long arm action but throws a heavy high-80s fastball and flashes a tight breaking ball. He's a bit undersized at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, but he could make an impact for the Hokies.
45 1357 Will Harford C Notre Dame Ind.
46 1387 Pat Quinn RHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
47 1417 Tant Shepherd 1B Texas Texas
48 1447 Kaiana Eldredge C Punahou HS, Honolulu Hawaii
Eldredge is another athletic catcher. This is his first year playing behind the plate, but he made the transition nicely because of his athleticism and arm strength. Before catching, he was a shortstop and a pitcher, sitting at 86-88 mph off the mound and touching 90. He's an average runner and a gap-to-gap hitter who is committed to Kansas.
49 1477 El'Hajj Muhammad RHP JC of Morris (N.J.) N.J.
50 1507 Dex Kjerstad OF Randall HS, Amarillo, Texas Texas
Outfielder Dexter Kjerstad has enticing strength and speed to go with a 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. But he's also so raw at the plate and so strongly committed to Texas that he probably won't be an early choice. With three years of polish, he could be a good pick in 2013.